Ashley Fantazia's path to the present has been a winding road with its fair share of bumps and detours. In less than 10 years, Fantazia has been all across the United States and around the globe as she received an education both in the classroom and on the volleyball court.
The stage is set. The biggest fight of Lewis Gonzalez' career is 10 days away and the Turlocker is anxious for the days to pass.
If you kept your ear to the ground in Turlock it wouldn't take long to hear negative small town sentiments from residents, particularly the youth. Because of this, sport is usually the main outlet for these children of Turlock. Still, the feeling of small town confinement persists for many of these athletes who see college athletics as their only way into a bigger world.
Lewis Gonzalez has caught his first big break. After compiling an undefeated MMA record of 8-0 in less than two years, the 'Lethal' Turlock native has moved from regional fighter to the big leagues with the recent signing of a six-fight contract with the upstart World Series of Fighting.
No tears were shed Friday night when Lewis Gonzalez (8-0) and Emmanuel Sanchez (4-1) met in the cage at the Jackson Sports Arena in Sacramento, but there was plenty of blood and sweat to go around as the two fighters went the distance in one of the more exciting match-ups at West Coast Fighting Championship V.
Turlock lost an athletic pioneer on Saturday when Brad Lesley died of kidney failure at the age of 54 in Marina Del Rey.
Twelve years ago when Bronil Koochoie graduated from Turlock High his future was uncertain. His passion was soccer but after three years at the varsity level with the Bulldogs the high cost of tuition made it nearly impossible to continue on to the collegiate level. It was a hard blow for the young man who had played the game since the age of seven but it was reality, and he dealt with it the best he could.
The Turlock Express marked their second year in the Professional Arena Soccer League with a second straight trip to the Pacific Division Playoffs this past weekend. After a 9-7 regular season, the Express found themselves pitted against PASL stalwarts the San Diego Sockers- owners of 13 arena titles and the record for longest win streak by any professional American sports team-in the first, two leg round of post-season play.
NEW ORLEANS – In a span of three months, Colin Kaepernick rose from a backup to a starting quarterback to a postseason sensation, leading the Forty-Niners to exhilarating wins over such formidable foes as the Patriots, Packers and Falcons.
NEW ORLEANS – Under normal circumstances, this city runs to wild. In the lively French Quarter, street performers, musicians, adult entertainers and free-flowing alcohol entertain tourists from all over the world, round the clock and every day.
Four quarters wasn't enough to decide Friday night's matchup between the Turlock Express and Mexico Toros. After battling back and forth, point for point, the two Professional Arena Soccer League clubs carried the match into overtime to the delight of all in attendance at the Turlock Indoor Soccer Complex.
When he was a fourth grader he dreamt of playing professional football for the Niners or the Packers, so it was fitting that Colin Kaepernick's post-season debut as San Francisco's starting quarterback was against Green Bay.
Colin Kaepernick's status as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers has been questioned since his breakout performance against the Chicago Bears in Week 11, but after four NFL starts opposition to the second year player has started to soften.
Turlock's own Tommy Mendonca is coming back to California. The former Turlock High and Fresno State standout was acquired by the Oakland Athletics via the Triple-A phase of the Rule-5 draft on Thursday, ending a three year stint where he played 297 minor league games for the Texas Rangers.
The Turlock Express hosted the Sacramento Surge on Saturday in the fourth match of the 2012 Professional Arena Soccer League season. With a dominating first half scoring effort, the Express (2-2) notched their second win with an 8-5 victory over the Surge (0-4).
Former Pitman High pitcher Bradin Hagens was called up to the Arizona Diamondbacks major league team on Thursday.
Lewis Gonzalez' name is preceded by the moniker of "Lethal" for a reason. Leading up to Saturday's main event fight against Luis Palomino at World Series of Fighting 12 in Las Vegas, Gonzalez had won eight of his nine professional fights via stoppage, with four of those fights being called in the first round.
Pitman High graduate Bradin Hagens is on the road to the big leagues and now he's just one step away.
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